He added “there was no ill-intention behind the move".
The Sports Secretary comes a day after a PCB member had said that the federal government"s intention to take over the Board was to fulfill a “hidden agenda" as the country"s President was still the Board"s patron.
“The ministry just made the make-shift arrangement as it was not possible to run the cricket board without a chairman as its constitution only gives power to the head," the Dawn quoted Ashraf as saying at a press conference.
He added: “The ministry"s decision of taking control is not aimed at taking any benefit from the PCB and, in fact, it was taken to give legal cover to all the workings of the national institution."
PCB Chief Operating Officer Shafqat Naghmi was also present at the press conference. At the meeting, the two officials discussed different modalities to run the Board under the new set up. After the amendment, all the operational, administrative and financial affairs will be under the control of the ministry, till the appointment of the new chairman, said the paper.
Ashraf said under the new set up, the day to day affairs would be dealt by the PCB while the ministry would only deal with the policy matters. He said after the resignation of the PCB chairman, a constitutional and legal vacuum had been created and no one had the authority to take decisions.